Report – Tata Motors to launch Nano diesel ‘this financial year’
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While many spy images of a supposed Tata Nano diesel have been emerging of late, the Indian auto giant is preparing to launch the car soon.
Karl Slym, Managing Director and CEO of Tata Motors, told Reuters in a recent interview that the Nano diesel would be launched in this financial year. He said –
The diesel Nano is still (going) ahead, but not launched yet… This financial year.
The Nano diesel is likely to source power from an 800cc two-cylinder engine producing about 40bhp at 4,000rpm. The turbocharger for the Nano diesel could be supplied by Garrett and you can expect the ARAI to peg the fuel efficiency at about 35-40km/l, making it the most fuel economical car in the country.
Based on spy images that show a boot release, we would speculate that the Nano diesel could incorporate a proper hatch door, thus providing easy access to the boot. Even the design of the rear windscreen seems to be altered. The front and rear bumpers are all new and the Nano based on Shoeb’s rendering, has a ‘smiling face’ to it.
Given that Tata wants to launch the Nano diesel by the end of this financial year, we certainly expect the small wonder to make headlines at the 2014 Auto Expo which is scheduled in February. The diesel version should give the Nano the sales numbers it had always deserved.
[Source – Economic Times]